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Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

This North Korean border city has welcomed hundreds of thousands of Chinese day-trippers over the years, but — thanks to Koryo’s efforts — has been open to Western visitors since 2014. Accessible either as a day trip from Dandong, or as an overnight extension to any of our tours that exit the DPRK by train, a trip here will take you to the banks of the Yalu/Amnok river on the DPRK side, as well as a local art gallery, a kindergarten specialising in unicycling and performance skills (really!), a local park, museum, and (of course) statues of the DPRK’s Leaders. Either the day trip or the tour extension offer a great look at this frontier city.

Sinuiju — overnight extension

If you're leaving Pyongyang by train then don’t miss the chance to add an extra 24 hours to your DPRK adventure with a stop in the country's frontier city of Sinuiju. You will see the sites of what is the main city in this region, and all the associated activity on the Chinese border — gaze across the river while wondering what it must be like to live under the shadow of such a different neighbour. This extension includes a full tour of the city, as well as an overnight in the countryside Dongrim Hotel.

Itinerary

  1. Revolutionary Museum
  2. Cooperative Farm
  3. Dongrim waterfalls
  4. Cosmetics Factory
  5. Folk Park
  6. Korean side of the ‘broken bridge’
  7. Art Gallery
  8. Kindergarten
Day 1.

•   Your train departs from Pyongyang Central station at 10:10 and spends a few hours working its way through the fields and towns of rural DPRK. Enjoy the sights and have time to relax until reaching Dongrim County and disembarking here into the capable care of your local guide
•   Drive to Dongrim Hotel where a newly finished hotel stands. First class hotel with 24 hour electricity and hot water; shop, bookstore, banquet hall, bar, swimming complex, welfare facilities, and training course
•   Hike to nearby Dongrim Falls – a legend has it that a hunchback was straightened up from taking showers at the falls. Those who enjoy nature can hike up to the peak to a second water fall

Day 2.

•   After breakfast drive to Sinuiju city to begin the final day of the tour
•   Sinamri cooperative Farm – see how agriculture works in this area, one of the more fertile parts of the country with a viewing platform to have the first glimpse of China and the unopened New Yalu River Bridge
•   Sinuiju Cosmetics Factory – to see production lines, learn about what cosmetics are popular among the ladies of North Korea, and even pick up a few bargains in the factory shop
•   Sinuiju main city square with its statues of the DPRK’s Leaders. Modernised in 2015 and bounded by the local museum and the railway station
•   North Phyongan Provincial Revolutionary Museum – devoted to the history of revolutionary activity in the area this will give a good introduction about the importance of this frontline city to the Korean national narrative
•   North Phyongan Provincial History Museum – historical remains from prehistoric times to the modern ages, antiquities excavated and collected in the province and materials are on display here
•   Sinuiju Kindergarten – tour this large and locally famous facility and finish with a stunning performance by some very talented children. This school is famous in the DPRK for training acrobats and performers from a young age
•   Lunch will be at a restaurant looking directly across the Yalu River to the Chinese city of Dandong, from here you can see the ruined struts that supported the Korean side of the ‘broken bridge’, bombed into the river in the early 1950s
•   Sinuiju Art Gallery – an eclectic collection of landscapes, socialist realism, portraits, and so on. Also has works for sale and prices here are significantly lower than in Pyongyang usually. Also has a portraitist on hand who can churn out pencil portraits in just a few minutes
•   Sinuiju Folk Park - is next. A thin park running through the city centre and along the railway lines. Depending on the season you can play some games, mix with local picnickers and retirees hanging around
•   Finally it is time to pass through customs and cross the (unbroken) bridge by bus into China, enter Dandong city and either disembark here or continue on the train ride to Beijing, with some great memories travelling with you!

Prices

There are several options available. If you wish to make the tour alone or with a group of friends this can be done at the following prices:

Group tours: EUR 210 per person

Independent tours:

1 pax – EUR 270 per person

2 pax – EUR 220 per person

3+ pax – EUR 210 per person

If you would like to make this visit to Sinuiju as an extension to any tour we offer then simply tick the box marked ‘Sinuiju Extension’ on the online tour application form, available here; http://koryogroup.com/travel_tourApplication.php.


Tips

Not included in the tour cost: 50 RMB to take a bus over the border to Dandong at the end of the trip. Please pay this amount in cash on the ground in Sinuiju.

The tour fee includes

  • All transportation into and around Sinuiju
  • Guide costs (excluding tips)
  • Entry fees
  • Lunch

Sinuiju - Daytrip from Dandong

An ideal day-trip for anyone looking for the shortest visit to North Korea possible, to see a different part of the country to usual visits, to add a little Korean flavor to a visit in North East china, or anyone on a Chinese ‘visa-run’ – take a day-trip across the Yalu/Amnok River from Dandong to explore the DPRK border city of Sinuiju and return in time for dinner.

Itinerary

  1. Statues of the DPRK’s Leaders
  2. Revolutionary Museum
  3. Cosmetics Factory
  4. Folk Park
  5. Art Gallery
  6. Kindergarten
•    You’ll be taken by our local partners to the customs house where you will pass out of China and make the crossing into North Korea, a mere 1km drive across the main road/rail bridge connecting the two countries
•    After DPRK customs procedures you’ll meet the local guide and start the day trip!
•    First stop is the customary visit to the main city square with its statues of the DPRK’s Leaders. Modernised in 2015 and bounded by the local museum and the railway station
•    Sinuiju Revolutionary Museum – devoted to the history of revolutionary activity in the area this will give a good introduction about the importance of this frontline city to the Korean national narrative
•    Sinuiju Cosmetics Factory – to see production lines, learn about what cosmetics are popular among the ladies of North Korea, and even pick up a few bargains in the factory shop
•    Sinuiju Folk Park is next - a thin park running through the city centre and along the railway lines. Depending on the season you can play some games, mix with local picnickers and retirees hanging around
•    Lunch will be at a restaurant looking directly across the Yalu River to the Chinese city of Dandong, from here you can see the ruined struts that supported the Korean side of the ‘broken bridge’, bombed into the river in the early 1950s
•    Sinuiju Art Gallery – an eclectic collection pf landscapes, socialist realism, portraits, and so on. Also has works for sale and prices here are significantly lower than in Pyongyang usually. Also has a portraitist on hand who can churn out pencil portraits in just a few minutes
•    Sinuiju Kindergarten – is the last stop of the day, tour this large and locally famous facility and finish with a stunning performance by some very talented children. This school is famous in the DPRK for training acrobats and performers from a young age
•    Finally it is time to pass through customs and cross the (unbroken) bridge by bus into China, enter Dandong city and either disembark here or continue on the train ride to Beijing, with some great memories travelling with you!

Prices

There are several options available. If you wish to make the tour alone or with a group of friends this can be done at the following prices:

There are several options available. If you wish to make the tour alone or with a group of friends this can be done at the following prices:

1 person = 2290 RMB
2 - 5 people = 1890 RMB per person
6 – 9 people = 1590 RMB per person
10+ people = 1290 RMB per person

If you are travelling alone and want to save money then you can join a Chinese group going at the same time. The program will be the same and you will also have an English-speaking guide. The cost for this is 1290 RMB per person.

Tips

• We require 7 working days’ notice (tourists living in China); 10 working days (tourists not living in China) for visa application

• Present your passport and 2 passport photos and the visa will be issued on the spot (on a separate piece of paper like the regular DPRK visa)

• Please do not take a computer, iPad, mobile phone or any religious literature on this trip. Anything you don’t wish to take can be left in the offices of our local partner and collected after the tour

• This tour is operated by Koryo Tours’ long term partner in Dandong (English-speaking). Their services are second to none. Independent tours are not accompanied by a member of Koryo Tours’ staff

• Sadly Sinuiju tours are at present not available to those travelling on a US passport, as soon as this situation changes we would be glad to take any Americans on the tour. This is the same situation for Japanese passport holders

• Tour fees are payable in cash, in Chinese RMB at the office of our local partner

• Please ensure to take extra money with you for incidentals (additional drinks, souvenirs, etc) and to tip your guide

The tour fee includes

  • All transportation into and around Sinuiju and back to Dandong.
  • Guide costs
  • Entry fees
  • Lunch
  • DPRK visa fee

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